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Reservoir 13 (Music for the Novel by Jon McGregor)

by Richard J. Birkin

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The official soundtrack to the COSTA Novel of the Year 2017, Reservoir 13 (Music for the Novel by Jon McGregor) was written to accompany the author's book tour throughout 2017-18 and features fellow Derbyshire instrumentalists Haiku Salut.

"Strings swell slowly, and that gives the music more of an edge. Paradoxically, an unstoppable force, screaming at the top of its lungs, can be felt inside the quiet, caressing motion of the bow. A muted scream. The book’s meditation on loss requires a deep sensitivity, and Birkin ushers the strings to appropriate, and respectful, places, the piano gently bleeding from its emotional wounds."
- Fluid Radio

"An intimate and immersive sound-work. It is gentle and lovely."
- The Manchester Review

For more info visit www.rjbirkin.co.uk/releases/reservoir-13-music-for-the-novel-by-jon-mcgregor/


released November 30, 2018

Written, arranged and produced by Richard J. Birkin, feat. Haiku Salut

Recorded and mixed by Richard J. Birkin @ Twenty Row

Acoustic Guitar recorded by Richard Collins @ Snug Recording Company, Derby

Strings engineered by Robin Newman @ Dubrek Studios, Derby

Mastered by Joe Caithness @ Joe Caithness Mastering, Nottingham

Commissioned by Jon McGregor.

Supported by Arts Council England.

Proudly made in Derbyshire.

Richard J. Birkin - piano, guitar, vibraphone
Sophie Barkerwood - vibraphone
Gemma Barkerwood - piano, synth
Louise Croft - music box, bowed vibraphone
Clare Bhabra - violin
Richard Muncey - viola
Deirdre Bencsik - cello


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Richard Birkin is a recording artist and composer for TV & Film. His work has been recorded/performed by the London Contemporary Orchestra quartet, ISKRA Strings and Sinfonia Viva players; recorded at Abbey Road Studio 2 and Nils Frahm’s Durton Studio; featured in the Sky Atlantic/Canal+ series The Young Pope starring Jude Law; and licensed by Armani, BBC Radio 4 and NASA. ... more

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